Reds vs Mets: Marcum Takes The Hill, Ankiel Batting Second, Duda Cleanup

Starting Lineup

  1. Daniel Murphy 2B
  2. Rick Ankiel CF
  3. David Wright 3B
  4. Lucas Duda LF
  5. Marlon Byrd RF
  6. Ike Davis 1B
  7. John Buck C
  8. Ruben Tejada SS
  9. Shaun Marcum SP

Game Notes

Bobby Parnell has three wins and four saves this month. Parnell has hurled 8.0 scoreless frames in May and is tied for the major league lead among all relievers with four wins and is seventh in the NL with a 0.93 ERA (min. 17.0 innings). Parnell is unscored upon in 17 of his 19 appearances.

New York’s bullpen retired all 12 batters they faced yesterday as Sc tt Rice earned his second win and Bobby Parnell notched his sixth save. Overall, the Mets bullpen has a 4.77 ERA, ranking 29th in the majors.

The Mets batted second baseman Daniel Murphy into the leadoff spot on Sunday in hopes that he could spark the team’s offense. Murphy hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning to secure a 4-3 victory and series win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Murphy is now 14-for-28 over his last seven games and has an eight-game hitting streak.

Juan Lagares hit a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh inning in the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday. It was his first major league home run and thanks to the age-old tradition at Wrigley Field of throwing opposing home run balls back to the field, Lagares got to keep his souvenir thanks to a quick-thinking Daniel Murphy who had the ball retrieved and taken to the Mets clubhouse.

Lefty reliever Scott Rice tossed two scoreless innings to pick up the win against the Cubs. It was his major league-leading 25th appearance. Rice lowered his ERA to 3.05, and is on pace for 99 appearances. That would surpass Pedro Feliciano‘s franchise mark of 92 games in 2010 and rank second all-time to Mike Marshall‘s 106 appearances for the Dodgers in 1974.

Highly regarded pitching prospect Rafael Montero has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, apparently for a Monday spot start on his normal day to pitch. Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez told the Press & Sun-Bulletin that Montero is only expected to remain with the 51s for one start, then return to Double-A.

Game Preview

The Mets continue their tour against NL Central Teams, this time at Citi Field as the Mets open up their series with the Reds. THe Mets, who recently lost 6 games in a row, now have won 3 out of their last 4 and could use this week to build off of that. Tonight Shaun Marcum will get the nod as he goes up against Johnny Cueto.

Shaun Marcum is 0-4 on the season with a 6.75 ERA over 21.1 innings of work. His last start was the best of the season so far as he allowed 3 runs, 2 earned over 6.2 innings of work. Last year he allowed one earned runs over 6.0 innings of work while striking out 7 batters against the Reds who have the following numbers against him:

Paul 3-12, 2B
Phillips 0-12, 3 K
Votto 5-9, HR
Bruce 2-8, HR
Choo 2-9, 3B

The Mets bats will try to do some damage against Johnny Cueto who is 1-0 this season over three starts and 17.1 innings with a 2.60 ERA. This will be Cueto’s first start since mid-April due to oblique issues. Last year he made one star against the Mets where he allowed 1 earned run over 7 innings of work allowing 6 hits and striking out 8 Mets. The Mets have the following numbers against Johnny:

Wright 5-17, HR
Ankiel 7-16, 2B, HR
Byrd 6-11, 2B
Murphy 2-7
Davis 2-6
Turner 2-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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